Ford predicts big sales for new C-MAX Energi PHEV, over 200 dealers now certified to sell plug-ins

To be certified to sell electric vehicles, a Ford dealer must meet a list of requirements, including making two charging stations available.

 

Over 200 Ford dealers are now certified to sell its lineup of plug-in vehicles, and another 700 are enrolled for certification, nearly triple the number the company expected to see at this point. According to Ford, 25% of new vehicle shoppers are considering a plug-in hybrid. Things look rosy for sales of the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid (PHEV), which recently went on the market, and the Fusion Energi PHEV, which will hit dealerships in early 2013.

To be certified to sell electrified vehicles, a Ford dealer must meet a list of requirements, including making at least two charging stations available. “The amount of hard work and resources dealers put into becoming certified really is a testament to how excited they are, how excited customers are, and how excited we are about C-MAX Energi,” said Ford’s Paul Russel.

Ford never misses an opportunity to point out how the C-MAX Energi’s specs beat those of Toyota’s Prius Plug-in – it has more horsepower, more all-electric range and a higher all-electric top speed, as well as a better fuel efficiency rating, at 100 MPGe combined.

“Ford’s strategy to deliver the power of choice for leading fuel economy across our lineup seems very well timed as our customers and dealers are showing significant interest in vehicles such as the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid,” says C.J. O’Donnell, Ford’s Electrified Vehicle Marketing Manager. “C-MAX Energi joins C-MAX Hybrid to help Ford take on Prius for the first time, with great early signs as the hybrid outsold Prius v in its first full month of sales in October.”

 

Source: Ford